The 20 Best Men’s Pea Coats, Car Coats, Walker Coats, and Overcoats

The 20 Best Men's Pea Coats, Car Coats, Walker Coats, and Overcoats

We've researched the best men's winter jackets, based on material composition, product rating, and price.

A Note About Fabric:
High wool counts are always desirable for the quality of cloth, but the inclusion of polyester and synthetic fibers shouldn’t be as much of a turn-off when shopping for winter outerwear as when searching for a suit or clothing for warmer weather. Natural fibers like wool, cotton, silk, and linen are considered better for the environment, but what’s better when considering the wearer himself?

There’s a reason that it’s hard to find reasonably priced outerwear that doesn’t have a composition of at least 25% polyester or other synthetic fibers like nylon or rayon. Polyester is stronger and more flexible than many natural fibers, and its lack of breathability that makes it burdensome in the summer can be a blessing to wearers hoping to retain heat in the winter.

If you’re looking for dressier outerwear like an overcoat to wear with a suit, a higher wool count is desirable. If you’re looking for a durable winter workhorse such as a pea coat or casual walker, don’t let a high polyester count dissuade you.

What's the difference between pea coats, car coats, walker coats, and overcoats?

Generally speaking, these coats are defined by their length and formality:

what's the difference between a pea coat, car coat, walker coat, and overcoat

The Best Pea Coats

The pea coat is a classic cold-weather staple dating back to the 1720s when it warmed the backs of European sailors in harsh weather. Three centuries later, the pea coat retains its venerable double-breasted, short-length design properties but reimagined with a lighter fabric composition that better suits the needs of a modern wearer less prone to taking to the high seas.

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Levi's

Wool-Blend Peacoat

Buy on Amazon for $119

Amazon Rating: 4.3 (123 reviews)

Material: 60% wool, 25% polyester, 15% other fibers

Color options: Black, Charcoal

Availability: All sizes available

Nick’s Note: One of the better-looking budget pea coats.

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Tommy Hilfiger

Wool Melton Peacoat

Buy on Amazon for $89.99-$109.99

Amazon Rating 4.2 (60 reviews)

Material 60% wool, 25% polyester, 15% other fibers

Color options Black, Gray, Light gray, Navy, Soft gray

Availability All sizes available in black, gray, navy; limited sizes for light gray and soft gray.

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Haggar

Bedford Peacoat

Buy on Amazon for $99

Amazon Rating4.3 (46 reviews)

Material60% wool, 30% polyester, 10% other fibers

Color optionsBlack, Charcoal, Navy, Moss

AvailabilityMost colors and sizes (except moss: XL, XXL)

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BGSD

“Mark” Wool Blend Pea Coat

Buy on Amazon for $59.99-$159.99

Amazon Rating4.3 (522 reviews)

Material70% wool, 25% polyester, 5% other fibers

Color optionsNavy, Black, Charcoal

AvailabilityBlack: all sizes; Navy: all sizes except M; Charcoal: S, M only.

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Marc New York by Andrew Marc

Cheshire Peacoat with Bib

Pick up on Amazon for $94.99-$99.99

Amazon Rating4.4 (15 reviews)

Material60% wool, 33% polyester, 3% rayon, 2% nylon, 2% acrylic

Color optionsCharcoal, Black, Ink (dark navy)

AvailabilityMost colors and sizes (except black: L)

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Nautica

Melton Peacoat

Buy on Amazon for $55.00-$85.49

Amazon Rating4.3 (463 reviews)

Material52% wool, 30% polyester, 7% rayon, 6% nylon, 5% other fibers

Color optionsNavy, Black, Charcoal

AvailabilityMost colors and sizes (except black: S and charcoal: S, M)

Nick’s Note: Seems like a solid go-to for the budget pea coat shopper.

The Best Car Coats

If the pea coat originated at sea, the car coat began life inland as a warm outer layer for motorists that soon grew as ubiquitous as cars themselves. The term has been used interchangeably through the last century, but the general modern marketing use refers to a short casual jacket that looks great for a hard day of working in the snow or paired with a cardigan and tie on your way to that evening holiday party.

bgsd car coat

BGSD

Matthew Car Coat

Buy on Amazon for $99.99-$119.99

Amazon Rating: 4.3 (42 reviews)

Material: 70% wool, 25% polyester, 5% other fibers

Color options: Black, Brown

Availability: limited sizes in black; limited sizes in brown.

Kenneth Cole New York

Car Coat Coat with Bib

Buy on Amazon for $89.99-$159.99

Amazon Rating: 4.5 (221 reviews)

Material: 52% wool, 44% polyester, 4% other fibers

Color options: Black, Charcoal, Light gray

Availability: Most colors and sizes (except light gray: M, L)

Marc New York by Andrew Marc

Pressed Wool Carcoat w/ Knit Bib

Buy on Amazon for $79.95-$99.99

Amazon Rating: 4.3 (19 reviews)

Material: 60% wool, 33% polyester, 3% rayon, 2% nylon, 2% acrylic

Color options: Black, Charcoal

Availability: Most colors and sizes (except charcoal: L)

Nick’s Note: Worst review is regarding customer service and a dirty napkin in the pocket… probably just a one-time thing.

Nautica

Coat with Bib

Buy on Amazon for $64.99

Amazon Rating: 4.4 (155 reviews)

Material: 100% polyester

Color options: Black

Availability: All sizes available.

Nick’s Note: I dig the look, but all polyester? Still, it’s well-reviewed.

The Best Walker Coats

As its name implies, the walker is essentially a short overcoat that ends well above the knee to ease the wearer’s perambulations. Dressier than a car coat, a walker can be worn with a suit, particularly if one commutes to work in the city and needs a practical but warm top layer that won’t get caught in the car door or stuffy on the subway.

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Kenneth Cole New York

Single Breasted Walker

Pick it up on Amazon for $89.99

Amazon Rating: 4.5 (52 reviews)

Material: 60% wool, 32% polyester, 4% nylon, 4% other fibers

Color options: Black, Charcoal

Availability: All sizes in black; Charcoal: S, M, XL

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Luciano Natazzi

Cashmere Topcoat

Pick it up on Amazon for $189.99-$229.95

Amazon Rating:4.6 (5 reviews)

Material:50% cashmere, 50% wool

Color options:Black, Charcoal gray

Availability: Numeric sizing, generally available.

Nick’s Note:More of a topcoat than traditional overcoat. Hard to believe the composition!

Kenneth Cole New York

Single Breasted Walker

Buy on Amazon for $89.99

Amazon Rating: 4.5 (52 reviews)

Material: 60% wool, 32% polyester, 4% nylon, 4% other fibers

Color options: Black, Charcoal

Availability: All sizes available

tommy walker coat

Tommy Hilfiger

Barnes Walker Coat

Buy on Amazon for $73.67-$189.00

Amazon Rating: 4.2 (99 reviews)

Material: 70% wool, 20% nylon, 10% cashmere

Color options: Camel, Charcoal, Black, Navy, Vicuna

Availability: Numeric sizes relatively available in all colors.

Nick’s Note: I dig the color options, the reviews, and the partial cashmere composition. One of the better walkers I’ve found.

Tommy Hilfiger

Bryce Top Coat

Buy on Amazon for $72.84-184.99

Amazon Rating: 4.3 (38 reviews)

Material: 70% wool, 20% nylon, 10% cashmere

Color options: Camel, Black, Charcoal

Availability: Numeric sizes relatively available across all colors.

Nick’s Note: Another winner from Tommy with this composition and option for camel. With its ticket pocket and short length, this could double for a heavy sport jacket when worn with sweater and scarf. (Of all the ones I’ve researched, this is the one I’m most tempted to add to my outerwear collection.)

The Best Overcoats

A traditional full-length overcoat is the most appropriate to be worn with a suit, though it can add an elegant – and warm – layer to a dressed-down wool sweater worn with your best jeans and boots. A mostly-wool single-breasted overcoat, knee-length or longer, is a good place to start before graduating to more complex overcoats like the Chesterfield, covert coat, guards coat, or paletot.

calvin klein overcoat

Calvin Klein

Plaza Overcoat

Pick it up on Amazon for $159.99

Amazon Rating:4.3 (9 reviews)

Material: 80% wool, 20% nylon

Color options:Deep black, Navy check

Availability: Numeric sizes relatively available across all colors.

Nick’s Note: Seems nice; the only non-positive review refers to Amazon customer service. I dig the check version too – subtle and unique

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London Fog

Signature Topcoat

Pick it up on Amazon for $89-$120

Amazon Rating: 4.4 (22 reviews)

Material:60% wool, 27% polyester, 9% rayon, 4% other fibers

Color options: Navy, Camel

Availability: Mostly available in navy, less so in camel beyond smaller sizes.

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Ralph Lauren

Columbia Overcoat

Buy on Amazon for $209

Amazon Rating:4.7 (5 reviews)

Material:90% wool, 10% cashmere

Color options:Charcoal, Navy, Black

Availability:Most sizes in navy, spotty in the others


Nick’s Note:
Not much reviewed here, but I personally have this coat (a slightly older one in camel, but exact same style and 90/10 composition) and I can attest to the fact that it’s great: fashionable yet traditional, warm, and comfortable.

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Nick Guzan is a public relations consultant and writer living in Pittsburgh. He blogs about men's style in movies and TV at BAMFStyle.com. His interests include old movies, muscle cars, maritime disasters, fast food, and single malt Scotch.

  • Serafin Nunez

    Got this one last year… https://www.landsend.com/products/mens-wool-pea-coat/id_302386?sku_0=::TVY
    It was on clearance plus a 40% off code. Got it for like $70… Warm and high quality.

  • Ben

    I swear it’s like you guys read my mind sometimes. I was just thinking that I needed a shorter version of my overcoat but didn’t know what to call it and was lamenting the fact that everything is polyester and BAM! Here you are with the rundown.

  • Epic Understated

    If you are going buy just one wool coat, which colour should it be? Would dark grey be the most versatile among all the common wool coat colours (Navy, Camel).

    • http://www.primermagazine.com/ Andrew

      I personally would buy dark gray, yes.

      • Jeff

        Andrew- The Kenneth Cole Walker you’re pictured in above is what I’m going to buy (this article is awesome!). But I’m curious on sizing. I need it to fit over a 40/42r suit. What would you recommend in terms of sizing?

    • Serafin Nunez

      Medium grey literally goes with everything.. Its the Smart Man’s khaki.

  • fraseringermany

    How could you leave out Sterlingwear from Pea Coats? They produce them for the US Navy and are about as authentic as it gets…

    • dpbrown02

      was thinking the exact same thing! Love mine..

  • Bill H.

    Don’t forget your local army navy store for a peacoat. Got my first one there over 10 years ago and have only had to replace it once when the lining started to wear. Around $100 for the warmest winter coat I’ve ever had and it lasts forever.

    • Zac Silk

      I’ve done the same. Went to a local army and navy store and got myself a great fitting peacoat. They really are a great place for a bargain.

    • Serafin Nunez

      Most of those places sell imported knock-offs these days…

  • Zac Silk

    I’ve got myself a peacoat and an overcoat and have always had my eye on a car coat. The nature of it to me is slightly out of the ordinary which makes it something different than your standard overcoat.

    I’ll have to see if I can source a walker cot in the UK, it seems like the perfect smart casual style where an overcoat would be too much.